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UN Calls for Global Carbon Neutrality by Mid to Late Century to Stay within 2°C

19-11-2014

To achieve global climate neutrality between 2055 and 2070, annual anthropogenic CO2 emissions should hit net zero on the global scale to avoid exceeding the budget. Net zero implies that some remaining CO2 emissions could be compensated by the same amount of carbon dioxide uptake, or negative emissions, so long as the net input to the atmosphere due to human activity is zero.

Biomass: wishes and limitations – a new interactive one-page website

14-11-2014

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency launched  ‘Biomass. Wishes and limitations’ – an interactive one-page website on biomass, bioenergy and the biobased economy. Biomass is an indispensable resource for a low-carbon economy. But it is not without its problems: not all biomass use is sustainable. This tool is designed to inform a wide audience about the facts and uncertainties.

New website shows the competitive position of European Regions

05-11-2014

Which economic sectors are the most important in a region? Where does the technological industry sell its products? What are the most important regional trading partners? A new website made by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in collaboration with the European Commission provides answers to these types of questions. The site gives detailed information on 256 Europese regions.

Transformations required in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and water management to halt biodiversity loss

13-10-2014

Although international efforts to halt biodiversity loss are producing results in some areas, they have not yet been able to improve the current state of biodiversity. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and water management are the main causes of biodiversity loss, but could play a key role in the solution.

Expanding cities need smart water approach

04-09-2014

On request of UN Habitat, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has published today ‘Towards a world of cities in 2050 - an outlook on water-related challenges’. In this study the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, together with Arcadis, UNESCO-IHE and VU Amsterdam University, explores, future trends and challenges on these topics as input for the upcoming UN Habitat Global Report.

Highlights

Smart Cities - Visualising the Challenge for 21st Century Urbanism

The discourse on ‘Smart Cities’ is everywhere. It promises an era of innovative urban planning, driven by smart urban technologies that will make cities safer, cleaner and, above all, more efficient. Efficiency seems uncontroversial but does it make for great cities? In this book, Maarten Hajer, Director-general of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Ton Dassen, urban sustainability researcher at PBL, plea for a ‘smart urbanism’ instead of uncritically adopting ‘smart cities’.

Green Gains: In search of opportunities for the Dutch economy

If the Netherlands is to remain a strong player in the global economy, it needs to intensify its efforts in greening its economy. The Netherlands lags behind competing neighbouring countries, who began their transition towards a green economy earlier, focus more on doing so, have ambitious long-term targets in place, and invest heavily in research. The business community by itself cannot bring about a green Dutch economy; the government also has an important role to play. What is needed is a stronger, greener innovation policy.